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Business brief 2010: Netherlands

Netherlands01-01-2010Michiel Rijsdijk

One can choose to acquire a patent in the Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg) via a national patent application or a European patent (EP) application, in which the three Benelux countries will be designated.

Business brief 2010: Norway

Norway01-01-2010Lill Anita Grimstad and Kristine Aarflot

Patent protection in Norway can be obtained by a national application or by an international application (PCT).

Business brief 2010: Taiwan

Taiwan01-01-2010Crystal Chen and Candy Chen

Taiwan’s current Patent Act stipulates a first-to-file system. Taiwan is not a member of the Paris Convention; as such, only national protection is available.

Business brief 2010: Venezuela

Venezuela01-01-2010Patricia Hoet-Limbourg

Our current Industrial Property Law provides that in order to obtain protection of an invention, an application should be filed before the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).

Use it or lose it

Peru

Peru’s National Institute of the Defence and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) tends to be very rigorous in checking the use of trademarks that third parties are trying to have cancelled.

Newest forms of attack against patent NPES

Paul J. Sutton

A great deal has been written concerning patent non-practising entities, also commonly referred to as patent assertion entities and by the pejorative label ‘patent trolls’

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